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Guest Speaker to Address ‘The Opportunistic Collector in Late Antiquity’

UPublish story by John Finn

Lea Stirling

WOOSTER, Ohio — Lea Stirling, professor of classics at the University of Manitoba, will present “The Opportunistic Collector in Late Antiquity” on Monday, Feb. 17, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University), beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Stirling’s research centers on the role of Roman and Late Roman statuary in society. Her talk will focus on Roman collectors and the collection of statuary in late antiquity. She is the author of The Learned Collector: Mythological Statuettes and Classical Taste in Late Antique Gaul (2005), and has published statuary from France, Greece, and Tunisia. Another long-term interest of Stirling’s is the archaeology of North Africa. For many years she co-directed excavations at the Roman site of Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia), working at baths, kilns, and cemeteries. She is a co-author of Mortuary Landscapes of North Africa (2007) and Leptiminus (Lamta): A Roman Port City in Tunisia (2001). Currently, she holds a Margo Tytus Visiting Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

Stirling’s visit is sponsored by the departments of classical studies and art history as well as Eta Sigma Phi classical studies honor society and the Cultural Events Committee. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail (

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